Bennelong

Before viewing

Consider the range of cross-curriculum learning areas that are relevant to the work Bennelong, for example:

Year 7 History – Historical Knowledge and Understanding - Students build on and consolidate their understanding of historical inquiry from previous years in depth, using a range of sources for the study of the ancient past. The importance of conserving the remains of the ancient past, including the heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ACDSEH148 - Scootle

Year 7 Arts/Dance – identify and connect specific features and purposes of dance from contemporary and past times to explore viewpoints and enrich their dance-making, starting with dance in Australia and including dance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ACADAR019 - Scootle) 

Year 7 English – Literature and Context - Explore the interconnectedness of Country/Place, People, Identity and Culture in texts including those by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors (ACELT1806 - Scootle ) 

Year 9 History – Historical Knowledge and Understanding – Making a Nation. The extension of settlement, including the effects of contact (intended and unintended) between European settlers in Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ACDSEH020 - Scootle) 

Year 9 Arts/Dance - Analyse a range of dance from contemporary and past times to explore differing viewpoints and enrich their dance making, starting with dance from Australia and including dance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and consider dance in international contexts (ACADAR026 - Scootle) 

Year 10 Arts/Dance - Analyse a range of dance from contemporary and past times to explore differing viewpoints and enrich their dance making, starting with dance from Australia and including dance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and consider dance in international contexts (ACADAR026 - Scootle) 

Before the viewing, the following questions might be useful to consider:
What do students already know and what are some things that they can do? 
•    Encourage the students to experience the artforms of Dance, Music and Visual Arts by:
- moving their body both individually and with others; showing awareness of their body in space and in relation to objects around them
- improvising and arranging music, using texture, dynamics and expression to manipulate the elements of music
- experimenting with visual conventions and materials, including exploration of techniques used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to represent a theme, concept or idea in their artwork
•    Check that students are aware that they can interpret meanings from viewing and listening to artworksand texts, and that all artforms can tell stories which may have a beginnings, middles and ends?
•    Encourage students’ recognition that people from different cultures create and perform, and may have different reasons for doing so. Discuss the importance of conserving the remains of the ancient past, including the heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
•    Assist students to understand that as an audience member or viewer of art, it is important to concentrate on experiencing by viewing and listening.                                            

Pose questions that help them understand the ideas that Bennelong is based upon?
•    Who are the people of the Eora nation and what are some of the clan groups of Aboriginal people within the Eora nation?
•    Where in Australia is the Port Jackson area? 
•    Which clan group did Bennelong belong to?
•    Which clan group did Colebee belong to?

Expand students understanding that contemporary Indigenous people participate in all facets of the community and as artists they may choose to communicate ideas based on traditional stories including those relating to landforms and creatures that represent spirits. 
•    Who are the dancers of Bangarra?  Where do they come from? 
•    Where is the company Bangarra based? 
•    What is a cultural consultant and how do they contribute to the making of a new work?